The Alien Times website has undergone some major changes over the past few months. Back issues have been put up for 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, most of 1998 and we are now working on 1997. As we go further back in time, the possibility of finding electronic copies of the articles decreases, so that might slow us down a bit. But with our current registry of three or four active website volunteers, I am hopeful that we will make serious progress over the next year.
In addition to putting the back issues online, we have also been building a subject index to the articles in the issues. This is turning into an incredible source of information on a variety of Tsukuba-related topics. Go to the website and click on "Tsukuba Topics" from the menu on the left. You will then be given the option of choosing from any of the categories below:
|Bars & Restaurants||Humour & Inspiration||Shipping|
|Books & Libraries||Immigration||Shopping|
|Children||Maps||Speeches & Lectures|
|Computers & Internet||Movies||Telephone|
|Email Lists||Newsletters||Travel & Tourism|
|Employment||Pamphlets||Tsukuba Web Guides|
|Events, Festivals & Holidays||Religion||Volunteering & Donating|
The categories include both articles from the AT past and links to relevant websites that have been selectively chosen to supplement the articles. As we work on getting the past issues online, we will continue to link the articles to this index, in an attempt to give access to both current and historical conditions in Tsukuba.
Furthermore, we have added a Newcomers Guide. Eleanor Olds Batchelder created a pamphlet for people who have just arrived in Tsukuba. With her permission, Alien Times has updated her guide and listed it on the AT site. If you are new to the area (or you've been here a while, but you feel like you might need to know a few more details about our fair city), please have a look at this comprehensive handbook.
As always, the Alien Times awaits your input and co-operation in making both the newsletter and the website superior sources of information on the Tsukuba experience. Please contact us if you have any ideas for articles, suggestions for websites to link to the Topics page, or time to help with the website or distribution of the paper copies. We are looking forward to working with you!
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